ODU Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Day with Essay Contest & Luncheon

Judge Kim Cocroft


 Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University welcomes Judge Kimberly Cocroft, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas as guest speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon on Monday, January 18, 2010. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Colonial Room of ODU’s Sansbury Hall, 1216 Sunbury Road, 43219.

The luncheon is hosted by ODU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and attendees include ODU students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the public. Cynthia DeVese, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is pleased to welcome Judge Cocroft, “She exemplifies this years’ theme as a young woman who set out to see her goal to fruition. I believe that it is very important for our office to introduce young professional role models of this magnitude to our students while they are in the beginning stages of setting their life goals.”

During the week of January 11, ODU students participated in an essay contest and the theme is “From…‘I Have a Dream’ to…‘How to Make Your Dream Come True.’” Students were required to address this theme by identifying specific ways they have been impacted by Dr. King’s dream and how they can make their own dream become a reality. Three winners will be selected by ODU staff and invited to read their essays at the luncheon. In addition the winners will receive an academic book stipend.

Judge Cocroft was appointed Judge for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on February 23, 2009 by Governor Ted Strickland. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Legal Counsel for Governor Strickland and was responsible for coordinating litigation matters with the Chief Legal Counsels at Ohio’s 26 executive agencies, draft Executive Orders and Directives, and managing legal representation on behalf of Governor Strickland. She also served as Law Clerk for Justice Alice Robie Resnick at the Supreme Court of Ohio, where she was responsible for drafting opinions that interpret Ohio law. She spent several years in private law practice, specializing in business and employment litigation.

She is a 1995 and 1997 graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU), with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Arts in sport management. She is also a 2000 graduate of OSU’s Mortiz College of Law.